Installation view: Parallel States , Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria, 2004.
Three channel video projection installation
Duration sequence: 21”
Synchronised looped playback
Exhibition format DVD
Commissioned and produced by Site Gallery, Sheffield for Parallel Worlds 2003 in co-operation with Schauspiel Staatstheater Stuttgart, Germany.
Financially supported by Site Galllery, Sheffield, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany, Mfg Filmfoederung, Baden Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart, Germany, The Northern Media School, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.
“Oechsler takes the preparations for a theatrical presentation and turns them into a ‘Schauspiel’ that is itself film. The stage is one of its dimensions, the screen is the other, and between the two the work is made up of what is filmed, how it is filmed and what it then becomes when projected onto three screens in a space one walks into. When a backdrop goes up on all three projection screens, they inevitably block both vision and space, and even the finished inclined stage floor is never just a flat surface to play on, but also a screen folded flat, supporting action and projecting towards the audience. In this double framing the work itself generates its own kind of production.
All the footage used comes from closely following the setting-up of a stage, but its very structure defies the coherence and linearity of that process. There are close-ups and panning shots, more and more machinery disappears in the process, elements, operations and operators are shown in all their clarity, but they never add up. Completion happens, and there is an inclined stage platform there at the end where there was none before, but this is precisely the end, not the beginning of the work, and relevant only in terms of this progress.”
“Setting a stage is a process of homogenising space and creating an illusion of coherence. Focusing on the process of this putting together, on the arrangements and movements of stage apparatus and crew, Schauspiel constitutes from these very elements, and in itself, a fundamentally mobile type of reality. Things are neither really assembled nor taken apart or removed; the focus of the work is on the continual transformation of space.”
(Excerpt from the Essay “Parallel Oblique and Overlapping” by Edgar Schmitz, artist, writer, researcher at Goldsmiths College, London).